Happy 90th Birthday Michael Finn Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 5, 11 runners)
- Winner £1,949 2nd £572 3rd £286 4th £143
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 51.80s
- Off time: 16:00:56
|1st||11 Take The Crown||4/5f|
|2nd||10 El Toreros||6||12/1|
|3rd||4 Walter De La Mare||½||11/2|
|6||166 11-12 h||Miss Z C Davison||Miss T Worsley (7)||99||50/1|
Hellesbelles (IRE) 35
|6||165 11-11 p1||Tim Vaughan||Alan Johns (10)||98||20/1|
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 21
|7||163 11-9||Mrs A L M King||A P McCoy||96||11/2|
Prime Contender 24
|12||162 11-8 vt||Jennie Candlish||S Thomas||95||25/1|
Torgamah Lad (IRE) 18
|6||162 11-8 b1||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne (3)||95||8/1|
Hurricane Ivan (IRE) 84
|6||161 11-7 t||F M O'Brien||Mr H Beswick (7)||94||33/1|
Asker (IRE) 11
|6||161 11-7 p||Miss Z C Davison||Mr H G Miller (7)||94||50/1|
Sun Quest 34
|10||156 11-2 t||S D Dixon||Mr L Kilgarriff (7)||89||25/1|
El Toreros (USA) 88
|6||155 11-1 t||Mrs L Hill||Conor Shoemark (5)||88||12/1|
Take The Crown (ex7) 4
|5||152 10-12||Henry Oliver||D F O'Regan||78||4/5f|
Grand Article (IRE) 60
|10||141 10-1||P E Cowley||Adam Wedge||74||12/1|
||6||1111 b1||Mrs Caroline Bailey||A Thornton||98||NR|
Take The Crown bids to follow up Thursday's Chepstow victory under a penalty and has every chance of doing so. McCoy's presence will ensure Southwell second Walter De la Mare is popular with punters while Grand Article has been placed three times in this grade in his last four starts. TORGAMAH LAD has been frustrating to follow so far but only weakened at the last over a longer trip at Taunton last month. He was badly hampered the last time he raced over this distance and could be worth one more chance.
Brassbound (USA) 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, struggling to keep up from 5th, behind next, went remote 3rd before 4 out, closed on 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 30l behind Arkaim (11-9) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Take The Crown 4-1fav (10-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 4 out led before 3 out, ridden before last, soon clear, won at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Tenby Jewel (11-5) by 8l, 16 ran.
El Toreros (USA) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leading pair, went 3rd after 6th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, 4th and well beaten when blundered last, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Peqeno Diablo (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 5-2 (11-8) In rear and in touch, pushed along 3 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Wordy's Boy (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Sun Quest 66-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, driven before 5th, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Join The Navy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.
Hurricane Ivan (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Behind, lost touch 5th, tailed off and pulled up after 7th, in a race won by Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Hellesbelles (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Always 4th, ridden and struggling over 6f out, soon well beaten, 4th of 6, 27l behind Hazy Tom (10-9) at Southwell 2m n h flat (3) std in Feb.
Asker (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Led, ridden headed and weakened before 2 out, last of 5, 29l behind Scots Gaelic (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Houseparty 50-1 (10-8) Always in rear, slow 4 out, soon beaten, 7th of 9, well behind Scotsbrook Legend (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Grand Article (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Straits Of Messina (11-9) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Prime Contender 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Groomed (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Torgamah Lad (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, ridden and weakened after 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Warsaw Pact (9-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft, 12 ran.